#4: How do I help kids in larger bodies?

with Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD

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In this episode we discuss:

  • defining the term “larger body”

  • how doctors can unintentionally cause harm by over-focusing on weight as a marker health

  • the power of words and impact of stigmatizing terms like “overweight” and “obesity”

  • why weight is not the problem - “thinking your weight is the problem is actually the problem”

  • how to understand correlational studies between weight and health

  • advice for parents of kids in larger bodies

  • why eating a cookie is a life skill

  • self-compassion for parents

Dr. Sonneville helps us understand the research on what doctors and parents can do to promote health and well-being in kids of all sizes.

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Dr. Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD. is a registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, public health researcher, and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also holds an adjunct appointment at Harvard Medical School and is a Collaborating Mentor for the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED) at Boston Children's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Sonneville’s research uses a weight-inclusive framework and focuses on the prevention of eating disorders among children, adolescents, and young adults. 

Connect with Dr. Sonneville on Twitter and her website.

Jordan Best